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Drug arrests, drunk-driving deaths up over holiday weekend
Highway patrol says drug trafficking arrests have increased about 30 percent since last year

Kevin Niedermier
Highway patrol says drug trafficking arrests have increased about 30 percent since last year
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It was as little more dangerous on Ohio highways over the Fourth of July holiday this year. On July 3-4, four people were killed in auto accidents. Lt. Anne Ralston of the State Highway Patrol says that’s one more death than last year.

She also says the patrol made more than 280 drunk-driving arrests -- a seven-percent jump over last year. And, drug arrests were up nearly 30-percent. Ralston says that’s because in 2011, the patrol increased its drug interdiction efforts.
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“We’re up in arrests in 2012 and so far in 2013 as well, which is indicative that people are trafficking drugs in and around Ohio.”

Ralston says the Highway Patrol will have an increased presence on the roadways throughout the weekend. On July 1, the speed limit on hundreds of miles of rural Ohio highways increased to 70 miles per hour. Ralston says it’s too early to tell if the extra five miles per hour has impacted safety.

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